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Being Leonardo da Vinci - An impossible interview - FREE EVENT



Being Leonardo da Vinci - An impossible interview - FREE EVENT

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Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, playwright, actor and director, creates new formats where philosophy and literature mingle with performing arts. He’s considered one of the leading Italian artists on the international scene, with more than 50 shows in the United States, Asia and Europe. His theatrical play "Being Leonardo da Vinci" has been on stage during the EXPO 2015 in Milan for six months. It is a successful tour that has already been staged worldwide: New York - Manhattan - Morgan Library; Washington - The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; San Francisco - American Conservatory Theater; Miami - New World Symphony America's Orchestral Academy; Saint Petersburg (Russia) - Hermitage Theatre and Moscow (Russia) - Theatre Centre "Na Strastnom"; Tokyo (Japan) - Theatre Drama Kan (Waseda University) and Osaka (Japan) - Knowledge Capital Theatre; Geneva (Switzerland) - CERN, The Globe; Paris (France) - Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux - Arts de la Ville de Paris; Venice (Italy) - La Fenice Theatre; Milano (Italy) - Sacristy of Church Santa Maria delle Grazie.


Jacopo Rampini was born in Rome and grew up in Italy, France and the United States. He attended Sorbonne University in Paris and Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Jacopo’s Theatre credits include Sam Gold’s production of "A Doll’s House" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Off-Broadway credits include "The Balcony" by Jean Genet's at the Access Theatre, "Music-hall" by Jean-Luc Lagarce at Roy Arias Studio, and "Visuality" at the Queens Theatre, a multimedia concert which Jacopo co-wrote with the founder of Cre. Art Box in 2016. Jacopo’s TV credits include "The World Wars" on the History Channel (2014), NETFLIX’s "Medici: Masters of Florence" (2016), and NETFLIX’s "Brown Nation" (2016).




Being Leonardo da Vinci - An impossible interview is a show about Leonardo’s true life portrayed on stage. It discovers the story behind Leonardo, the painter, the scientist, the inventor and tells more about his authentic language, secrets, methods of working and passions.

Renowned Italian director and actor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory's latest project brings the immensely multi-talented Leonardo da Vinci to life again on the stage. Being Leonardo da Vinci is a one-act play that uses theatre to stage the Italian genius' true life, art, history and science. Through the format of an impossible interview, Finazzer Flory "physically" becomes Leonardo, wearing period costumes with a make-up that is a true reconstruction of the face of the genius of Vinci, and acts using Renaissance language on the original texts of Leonardo, including the famous "A Treatise on Painting" (Trattato della Pittura). Finazzer Flory's Leonardo answers questions about his childhood, his activities in the civil and military court and how to become a "good painter" (bono pittore), as well as about the relationship between painting and science, painting and sculpture, painting and music, anatomy, botany and mathematics.

He comments on the "Last Supper" (L'Ultima Cena) and the figures of the apostles, faces his passion for water, alludes to the fashion of the time, responds to the attacks of the enemy, explains the motions of the soul, offers predictions on the flight of man and, finally, dispenses judgments and aphorisms to live our time.

Finazzer Flory puts on stage the thought of Leonardo: not the opposition between humanistic and scientific knowledge, but the search for a culture that combines art and nature, science and painting. The hand gestures and looks – carefully studied in reference to the real and alleged portraits – offer a known image of Leonardo that helps create a profile set in a mysterious scene through which the audience can experience Leonardo’s idea of a universal culture.


Dramaturgy, director and performer: Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, with the participation of Jacopo Rampini, as the interviewer.

Performed in English and in Italian Renaissance language, with projected Contemporary English surtitles.


Data: Lun 10 Apr 2017

Orario: Alle 20:00

Organizzato da : Italian Cultural Institute

In collaborazione con : Consulate General of Italy

Ingresso : Libero


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